Bangalore is the startup capital of India. Whether you’re a remote worker, moving your team to the city, or just want to work while takingin the sights for a few days, it’s easy to find a place with the right amenities.Of the many official and unofficial places to work in the city, there are a few that stand out.
Probably the biggest set of coworking spaces in the city, BHiVE has three locations across Bangalore: Lively Indiranagar, scenic Koramangala, and up and coming HSR layout.
Prices vary between coworking spaces. My favorite is Indiranagar for the Steve Jobs quotes on the walls and the awesome roof. Here, you can work for INR300 (US$4.50) per day (with a student discount for INR250 (US$3.80)). Monthly passes come in three forms: flex memberships are perfect for those who conduct a lot of meetings and just want to pop into B-Hive here and there and are INR3000 (US$45) per month for 12 days. Regular membership without dedicated desks are 5400 for weekday usage and INR6000 (US$90) for full week access. Designated desk plans come with a free locker and are INR7200 (US$108) per month.
You can also rent out dedicated rooms with 12 seats starting at INR72,000 (US$1,090) a month. Prices include coffee and tea. Both HSR and Indiranagar are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, whereas Koramangala is open 8AM-10PM on all 7 days of the week.
Lockers are also available for INR600 (US$9.00) per month or INR60 (US$.90) per day.
CoWorkIndiahas three locations in HSR Layout. With companies like Myntra building offices in the area, the neighborhood is Bangalore’s newest business hub. At CoWorkIndia, monthly passes are INR3,850 (US$60) a month. There is a waiting list to get a seat, and most conference rooms include attached bathrooms.
The space has an attached cafeteria and, for those of us conscious about our health, boasts "ergonomic chairs".
Essentially a coworking space during the day and a pub at night, the "Social" brand has locations across India. In Bangalore, it’s located right in the center of town.
Those who want to sign up with the coworking space have to fill out an online application form. Once accepted, users pay a membership fee of INR5,000 (US$81) per month to work between 9 am and 6 pm on weekdays. Members get access to high-speed internet, printers, scanners, and an on-demand conference room. This fee includes credit for food and beverages. Even after the credit limit is up, you get a 10 percent discount on the food bill. Members at Social also have the option to work out of their other two locations in Delhi and Mumbai.
Make sure you don’t leave before trying their pizza stuffed samosas – awesamosas!
Bangalore Alpha Labs charges INR4,000 (US$60) a month for full membership. This includes a free two hours of conference room time a week and mailbox services. For basic wifi connectivity, storage, printing services, and coffee or tea, the space charges INR1,000 (US$15) a month. On-demand conference rooms cost INR200 (US$3) an hour for non-members and those on the guest pass can only access the amenities 5 days a week.
Daily passes are INR250 (US$3.75). They have locations in Koramangala and JP Nagar.
There are also tons of coffee shops and lounges smattered across the city that offer wifi and good eats.
Cost of meal: INR700 (US$10.60) for two people
A hidden secret in Koramangala, this spot offers great food, nice views, and is a stone’s throw from everything from a bookstore to one of Bangalore’s biggest malls.
Cost of meal: INR600 (US$9) for two people
With free yoga classes on Sundays, great wifi, and a giant black dog to play with, this place is great for quiet work. Its menu includes affordable organic food – make sure to order the Mami’s Coffee, a killer (and secret!) coffee-chocolate blend.
Cost of meal: INR750 (US$11.30) for two people
There are plenty of these coffee shops around the city, but my favorite is the one in Indiranagar. This location is equipped with good wifi and is a great place to hold meetings. It’s also almost guaranteed that your neighboring table will have an entrepreneur sitting at it!
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